is a one act lyric opera, sung in Russian, by Tchaikovsky. Performed in the style of a nineteenth-century Italian melodrama, the scenes have a recitative introduction followed by a single arioso, aria, duet or chorus.Persephone
is a three act melodrama, sung in French, by Stravinsky. It is a story of regeneration, symbolised in Sellars use of dancers from the Cambodian dance company, Amrita Performing Arts.
Peter Sellars, one of the most innovative creators on today's stage, has linked these two productions by using the same stage setting, instantly archaic yet modern, and lit by rich colours to define the journey from darkness to light.
Iolanta is one act lyric opera by Tchaikovsky, sung in Russian. Princess Iolanta is born blind; her father, King René, forbids anyone to talk of beatuy, light or the natural world hoping that she will not recognize her affliction. For Tchaikovsky, a fairytale was not an escape from reality but an opportunity to speak of forbidden reality. His imaginary kingdom is a place of secret remorse and private hurt, redeemed by an African Sufi healer and torrential, relentless, unlikely love. This intimate final opera is spiritually charged Mozartian journey through darkness into light.
Iolanta - Ekaterina Scherbachenko
Vaudemont - Pavel Cernoch
King René - Dmitry Ulianov
Ibn-Hakia - Willard White
Robert - Alexej Markov
Bertrand - Pavel Kudinov
Almeric - Vasily Efimov
Marta - Ekaterina Semenchuk
Brigitta - Irina Churilova
Laura - Letitia Singleton
Persephone is a three act melodrama by Stravinsky, sung in French. In Andre Gide's Homeric poem, Persephone goes into the underworld of her own free will, moved by compassion for those who must live there, poignantly evoking Christian sacrifice, and poetically suggesting a dawning awareness of the Stalin Terror of mass collectivization. A ritual drawn from the earliest agricultural myths of Western civilization, for Stravinsky it became a second Rite of Spring, a dance of renewal to music of unexpected tenderness and grace. This regeneration is felt in the delicate choreography of Cambodian dancers from Amrita Performing Arts.
Eumolpe - Paul Groves
Persephone - Dominique Blanc
Young Singers of the Jorcam
Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real
(Coro Intermezzo and Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid)
Chorus Master: Andres Maspero